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7/22/15 9:01 A

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Glad you found the website, and have many resources now.

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What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?


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7/22/15 6:23 A

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I found the OA website. Thank you for your advice! I found numbers I can call and found out that there is an OA meeting not to far from me. I also found out that they have meetings online as well. That site is full of so much information and help. They list the steps too. It is wonderful.

So the next time I feel like I am going to binge or need someone to talk to, I am going to reach out. I am also working on the steps. That is a really good idea on making a list as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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7/19/15 2:09 P

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Can you phone another OA in the evening when you first want to binge?
Can you speak to whoever is making the noise in the livingroom that is disturbing you? Can you wear ear plugs?

Something I suggested to my sponsor who was struggling with binge eating at night was to write down a list of 10 things to do when she feels like bingeing.

I reminded her to put "breathe" on there a few times.

She then copied the list and put it up in many different, conspicuous places.

My list would look something like this:

(1) breathe
(2) pray
(3) call another OA
(4) read some OA or AA literature
(5) journal about my feelings
(6) breathe deeply
(7) pray
(8) listen to inspirational music
(9) talk to a friend
(10) breathe

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I eat well all day long, I am still exercising daily but I am still binging at night!! This seriously has to stop I am sabotaging myself. I tried going to bed at a decent time last night but couldn't sleep because of the noise level in the living room. So what do I do, binge. I keep saying I am not going to binge anymore, I have a lot of support, and I know what the consequences are. Any suggestions? emoticon

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6/9/15 1:58 P

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That is a great point Janine, that we fill those voids with food but its only temporary, because when we are hurting or in pain that does help but you're right, it's only temporary.

I just recently started going to counseling. I went to the assessment and actually start up next week but they thought it would be beneficial to me to join this group that meets once per week and lasts for 6 months. The intake specialist thought this would be beneficial to me because of the binging and purging (bulimia) and also other things in my life that I have gone through. But I also turn to God and I lean on him because it helps me to release all of my hurt, anger, or frustrations.

I am praying for you Scrappygal1 and I hope that you can take time to reach out to your HP. Because like Janine stated, he/she will guide you through this.

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5/1/15 8:05 A

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Scrappygal1,

It is quite normal to want to fill that void, but just like the other lady on the cruise, there is nothing for us there either EXCEPT to go through the VOID that you are feeling. It is quite easier to stuff those feelings down with food but they don't go away. It only takes your mind of the void temporary because you are feeling stuffed to the brim with food. I don't like that feeling just as much as the void but I don't like physically hurting. I am praying for you today that you take some time with your HP. He/she will lead you through the void.

Janine


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4/30/15 5:12 P

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I have been a member of another recovery program for many years. About 5 years ago I was on a cruise and the lady speaking had found her recovery in OA. She said she was grateful today that when she walked by the bar she knew there was nothing there for her, and that when she walked by the ice cream machine she knew there was nothing there for her either. I don't think I'll ever forget that.
Today I have no desire for alcohol, drugs or cigarettes - but I'm sure trying to fill that hole with food.
It's not working.

Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours. -Richard Bach


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4/20/15 12:35 P

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To live in recovery lets you take responsibility in the present. Our disease is on going and I know there is some sadness to that BUT looking to our HP to manage our disease daily or minute by minute is a GIFT. No other program offers a Higher Power. I am blessed to know this!

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4/12/15 8:11 P

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Yes. We will always be ill, but we get a daily reprieve from our disease, when we do our work and use the tools of the program.

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Thanks so much for the compliment! feel free to add me/stop by my blog. LC

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I like how you put that because it is almost like a person that is addicted to smoking maybe, because once you quit you always have that urge, but you can possess the tools to stay away from the cigarettes. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hey,
I have been in recovery for binge eating, and am now more forward with my life with the help and support of people out there that understand what it's like. I feel like you never truly recover, but more so learn how to live in recovery to prevent relapses.

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